Research on Impact of Death of a Family Member with Alzheimer’s Disease
Elizabeth H. Arruda, BSN, RN is a distance Nursing PhD student at Rush University in Chicago working on her dissertation research while living in St. Petersburg, Florida.
I am interested in how the death of a family member with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) impacts the family. Research suggests that family caregivers begin to grieve before their family members actually die and that the effects of this grief may remain for several years after caregiving ends. There is very little research on how former AD caregivers process these deaths, heal, and move forward with their lives, especially if their family member dies in a long-term care facility (nursing homes or assisted living).
I am looking for a small number of AD caregivers to answer a few questions about their experiences following the death of their family member.
QUALIFICATIONS: You must be a former family caregiver for an individual who died in a long-term care facility (nursing home or assisted living) with a diagnosis of AD or another form of dementia.
Elizabeth adds: You can answer questions over the phone or via the Internet using Skype or FaceTime.
“The more information you share; the more information I can include in my publication in hopes of providing better support to families that face the devastating loss of losing a loved one with AD.”
Please consider helping Elizabeth by answering a few questions if you are a former family caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia who has passed away.
Contact Elizabeth directly via email: Elizabeth_h_arruda@rush.edu